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Crossley, Scott A.; Louwerse, Max M.; McCarthy, Philip M.; McNamara, Danielle S. – Modern Language Journal, 2007
The opinions of second language learning (L2) theorists and researchers are divided over whether to use authentic or simplified reading texts as the means of input for beginning- and intermediate-level L2 learners. Advocates of both approaches cite the use of linguistic features, syntax, and discourse structures as important elements in support of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Syntax, English (Second Language), Language Research
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Cox, Jerry L. – Modern Language Journal, 1982
Describes a method for teaching German adjective endings using a simple syntagmatic approach that predicts the endings on the basis of relevant linguistic features supplied by the context. (EKN)
Descriptors: Adjectives, Determiners (Languages), German, Morphology (Languages)
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Bernhardt, Elizabeth B. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Presents data on the impact of oral and silent reading on reading comprehension. Hypothesizes that reading comprehension is enhanced significantly by silent, rather than oral reading, and that re-reading is an effective mode for increasing comprehension in either mode. (EKN)
Descriptors: College Students, Comparative Analysis, German, Language Research
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Schulz, Renate A. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Discusses techniques for helping second language students develop strategies for dealing with unfamilar words and long sentences in second language texts. (EKN)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Reading Research
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Hahn, Sidney L. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Describes an experimental pilot project designed to encourage positive attitudes in young children toward children of different cultures through participation in planned activities. (EKN)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Elementary Education, Global Approach, Multicultural Education
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Abrate, Jayne Halsne – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Many unexplored possibilities remain for comprehensive and systematic use of popular song in the foreign language classroom. The song is both a pedagogical tool (for listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, conversation, composition, culture, and history) and a subject for literary study. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, French, Instructional Materials, Literature Appreciation
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Wesche, Marjorie Bingham – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Underlying concepts and current issues in communicative testing are described, and several promising approaches to developing communicative tests are outlined. It is suggested that appropriate testing is likely to have dramatic effects on the format and content of foreign language curricula and on student motivation because of increased relevance.…
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Language Tests, Linguistic Competence, Literature Reviews
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Helt, Richard C. – Modern Language Journal, 1982
Presents a practical, flexible framework for teaching communicative competence. Examples of objectives, materials, activities, and testing procedures are from the first-year German courses at the University of Arizona but are largely applicable to foreign language instruction in general. (EKN)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Communicative Competence (Languages), German, Higher Education
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Littlewood, William T. – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Suggests teaching methodology for second language teaching which helps learners acquire forms of linguistic system, link forms with meanings they communicate, and progress toward point where they can produce language forms while focusing on the meaning, not the forms themselves. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Language Processing, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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McKay, Sandra Lee – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Compares three major types of syllabi--structural, situational, and notional--to determine how the last differs from the others. For each, the author examines its focus, its basis for selecting and ordering materials, and its typical manner of presentation. Discusses in considerable detail macro- and microstrategies consistent with the notional…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies, Instructional Materials, Language Styles
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Henderson, Ingeborg – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Discusses the development and implementation of a series of culture units for use in elementary German courses. Describes a typical unit, which consists of a set of slides with accompanying text, outlining presentation strategies and class activities. Finally, analyzes the results of a course evaluation by students. (MES)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Cultural Education, German, Higher Education
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Holmes, Glyn – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Discusses the reasons for growing disenchantment with the language laboratory and introduces a novel approach to advanced listening comprehension exercises based on recordings of professional entertainers. Analyzes the sketches as examples of authentic discourse, as illustrations of different speech registers and regional variants, and as vehicles…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Audiotape Recordings, Cultural Awareness, French
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Chastain, Kenneth – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Describes an experiment designed to determine which language errors interfere to the greatest degree with comprehension by native speakers of the language. For this purpose, an instructor prepared a list of most serious Spanish language errors which was submitted to native speakers for evaluation in terms of comprehension and acceptability. (MES)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Error Analysis (Language), Language Proficiency, Native Speakers
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Hendrickson, James M. – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Examines the role of constructive feedback in adult foreign language error correction. Gives guidelines applying to written work and discusses indirect and direct correction treatments. While stressing the value of the former as an opportunity for discovery learning, favors a combination of the two as the most effective technique. (MES)
Descriptors: Error Analysis (Language), Feedback, Higher Education, Second Language Instruction
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Schulz, Renate A. – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Discusses literature readability in foreign language classrooms. Gives results of study stressing use of predictive statistical device to determine difficulty students will encounter when reading specific literary texts. Suggests linguistic complexity of a text affects accessibility, comprehensibility, and enjoyability, and this should be looked…
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Higher Education, Media Selection, Readability
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